With the rapid rate of advances in technology, the world of medicine is seeing new improvements on a regular basis. Things that were considered astounding just a few years ago are now established as integral components of the healthcare sector. There are a few exciting developments currently taking place in two fields: ultrasound technology and phlebotomy.
Ultrasound technology equipment directs sound waves through a patient’s body to create images of the internal body structures, which enables the diagnosis of medical conditions. Ultrasound tests are commonly utilized in obstetrics (the medical specialty focused on pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care) but they can also be used to assess other medical conditions. Ultrasound technicians are in charge of handling ultrasound equipment, ensuring image clarity, and examining results. According to data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the median salary of an ultrasound technician is USD 65,860 a year although this does depend on industry and state. Among US states, for instance, Oregon and California are the best paying locations.
Ultrasound technology has seen numerous new developments recently. A recent innovation harnessing the power of ultrasound is a good example of the ways in which medical technology is progressing. The Osteoid Medical Cast, created by a Turkish student, is a three-dimensional (3D) printed cast with ventilation holes that is designed to fit the shape of the patient’s arm precisely and uses ultrasound to improve healing. A low-intensity bone stimulator is placed on the patient’s skin, pulsing low-frequency ultrasound directly on the skin. The cast is said to decrease healing time by 38 percent and boost the rate of healing dramatically – up to 80 percent more than conventional casts.
Similar advances are being made in the field of phlebotomy, which refers drawing blood for various purposes such as donations, tests, research, and transfusions, tests, research, and donation. A phlebotomist maintains the equipment, interacts with patients, ensures the integrity of the blood sample, and documents procedures. A big part of a phlebotomist’s job is interacting with patients, many of whom tend to be scared of needles and the idea of blood extraction. This process can be made easier using a variety of methods. For instance, a phlebotomist may choose to play uplifting music during the procedure. This can help to calm the patient and divert his or her attention away from the dreaded prick of the needle. Thus, music can be a valuable assistant for phlebotomists! The median yearly salary of a phlebotomist is USD 29,730 as per data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Like in the realm of ultrasounds technology, salaries vary according to industry and state. For examples, in the US the top paymasters are insurance carriers and state governments.
The task of drawing blood samples has also become safer, easier, and more painless over the years, thanks to technological improvements. For instance, better needle-safety technology has led to fewer needle-stick injuries – from a manual safety feature that was activated after blood collection, needles graduated to a newer safety feature that allows activation while the needle is still in the vein. The latest technology allows passive activation as soon as the process of collecting blood begins. Such advances are especially helpful for patients with difficult venous access, which makes taking a blood sample very difficult. As a result of these medical technology breakthroughs, standards of patient care are constantly on the rise.